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San Diego Superior Court

April 3, 2008

On May 1, 55-year-old Marion Chillis will be sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 brutal killing of his wife, 47-year-old Peggy Chillis.

The jury only had to deliberate two hours before finding Chills guilty on April 3, 2008. Chillis represented himself “in pro per” at the trial. His defense strategy was that he was on a crazed meth amphetamine binge and so was not in control of all his faculties.

The jury did not buy it. He stabbed his wife 21 times in cold blood, in broad daylight, in front of many eye witnesses.

The District Attorney’s Office told the jury he was a calculating homicidal maniac and deserved life, because of special circumstances, alleging that Chillis planned the murder.

Here is what happened on September 30, 2006 – Chillis saw his estranged wife leave a Kentucky Fried Chicken on Campo Road where she was employed at the time. He followed her. She tried to run. He grabbed a knife from his car and chased her.

Chillis caught up with his wife, asking her to come home with him and “talk” – or so Chillis claimed. Witnesses tried to intervene, as he was holding a knife which he then used.

Chillis testified in court that suddenly he “started lashing out at her."

His wife died on the scene while the witnesses held him for the sheriff’s deputies.

Chillis told the jury his wife was a meth addict, as was he. He said while they were estranged, he would provide her the drug in exchange for oral sex. He believed she was doing the same for other men because prior in their marriage, she did not care for performing oral sex and, according to Chills, she did not seem to mind now, in order to get the drugs.

He was angry because he believed she was prostituting herself for meth.

Chillis claimed that she owed him oral sex “five more times” for each year they were married, and had sought her out to collect the debt, using the knife to “persuade” her. Chillis admitted this was a strange way of thinking and blamed his own week-long meth binge for his skewed view on reality.

The jury did not agree with the excuse for homicide.

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Comments

realnews April 9, 2008 @ 8:10 a.m.

Odd how the story didn't mention the number of useless restraining orders involved. Check out Commissioner Alan Clements on that at www.SanDiegoJudges.com>

Michael Hemmingson April 9, 2008 @ 4:28 p.m.

Keep in mind that commissioners are hired by the elected judicial body to take up the slack of lower case matters. Commissioners are NOT elected officials; this is why if you have ever been in a court with one, they have you sign a paper waiving your rights to be seen before an elected judge. (I would advise to never sign such papers -- if someone is going to have authority over your life and make judgement calls that will affect you, they should be a duly elected person on the bench with that power, not an employee.)

Commissioners do not have to answer to the voting public the way most judges in the city courts do; hence they will rule diferently than an elected official would. It is erroenous to call a commissioner "Your Honor." A commissioner has not earned that right and resepct. You will not see a lawyer worth his billable hours call a commissioner, "Your Honor," but simply, "Commissioner."

Note -- these opinions are my own and not that of others here.

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